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Proverbs 26:6

    Proverbs 26:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He that sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, and drinks damage.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He who sends news by the hand of a foolish man is cutting off his feet and drinking in damage.

    Webster's Revision

    He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage.

    World English Bible

    One who sends a message by the hand of a fool is cutting off feet and drinking violence.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 26:6

    Cutteth off the feet - Sending by such a person is utterly useless. My old MS. Bible translates well: Halt in feet and drinking wickednesse that sendith wordis bi a foole messager. Nothing but lameness in himself can vindicate his sending it by such hands; and, after all, the expedient will be worse than the total omission, for he is likely to drink wickedness, i.e., the mischief occasioned by the fool's misconduct. Coverdale nearly hits the sense as usual: "He is lame of his fete, yee dronken is he in vanite, that committeth eny thinge to a foole."

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 26:6

    Cutteth off the feet - Mutilates him, spoils the work which the messenger ought to fulfill.

    Drinketh damage - i. e., "has to drink full draughts of shame and loss" (compare Job 15:16).

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 26:6

    26:6 Cutteth off the feet - Of his messenger; bids one go that wants legs. Drinketh - Drinking, in scripture, frequently denotes the plentiful doing or receiving of any thing.